Ban on speeches of Nawaz, Maryam a right decision: PTI


LAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf termed the ban on anti-judiciary speeches of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif, his daughter Maryam Nawaz and other Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leaders as a right decision.

PTI Central Information Secretary Fawad Chaudhry said that the court has awakened the regulator, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) through its decision. “Institutions do not work in Pakistan which is the biggest problem. The anti-judiciary campaign launched by Sharif and his daughter is a crime in every aspect. It is the responsibility of PEMRA to work without the influence of the government,” he said, adding that it is the responsibility of the politicians to understand that humiliating campaigns against the institutions weakens the state.

“The government and PML-N are helping each other in weakening the institutions. The unbearable campaign against the state and its institutions led to the ban,” he added.

The PTI reaction came after the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Monday temporarily barred TV channels from airing anti-judiciary speeches made by Sharif, Maryam and other PML-N leaders.

A three-member bench, headed by Justice Syed Mazahar Ali Akbar Naqvi, and comprising of Justice Atir Mahmood and Justice Chaudhry Masood Jahangir, had taken up a set of petitions against the alleged anti-judiciary speeches uttered by PML-N leaders.

The LHC further directed PEMRA to decide the complaints pending with it regarding the alleged contemptuous speeches within 15 days as well.